It is nearly 4AM and I just woke up from a dream that I was flipping thru the TV and came across an episode of “Dawson’s Creek” I haven’t seen yet*
Anyway I was startled by how I nailed the teens’ tones in my dream and wanted to share while I still remember it:
Dawson, Joey, and a new, nameless moody poet character (NNMPC) with cropped curly red hair sit in Dawson’s Spielberg’d-out room discussing bands to play at an upcoming school dance.
Dawson picks up a rolled-up poster sitting on the bed next to NNMPC.
Dawson (very curious lilt in his voice): What’s this?
NNMPC (flippant, flirty): A music poster.
Dawson (rolls his eyes): I know what it is, but which band?
NNMPC: It’s Smog.
Dawson tries to conceal his lack of awareness of this band.
Joey senses Dawson is floundering, doesn’t know how to respond and save face in the presence of NNMPC.
Joey (quickly while brushing hair behind her ears): Yeah, Dawson. Smog…You remember…
Dawson grins like an idiot, clearly does not know Smog.
Joey looks irritated for trying to bail him out.
NNMPC: What? Were you expecting The Smiths?
Dawson (gesticulating wildly, increasingly getting frustrated, but begins laughing as an attempt to masquerade the embarrassment): NO. I was just, uh…
Dawson tries to quickly think of another ‘cool band.’
Dawson (proud of himself): Why not the Pixies?!
Joey stares mouth agape with secondhand embarrassment. NNMPC laughs.
NNMPC: Oh, please. Smog is no Pixies.
Dawson: We’re going to have some unknown band play at the dance?!
NNMPC: Smog is a poet. Besides, we have to think about the school budget.
* I’ve started watching it. I have a soft spot for melodrama and coming-of-age stories. Sue me.